Hov hasn’t taken many L’s in his lifetime… Could his latest career as a sports agent turn out to be a huge fail?
According to NY Daily News reports:
The Mariners’ efforts to lure Robinson Cano to Seattle as the latest $200 million player have apparently ended on a sour note.
According to two sources briefed on the negotiations, talks between the Mariners — the free agent second baseman’s lone stalking horse — and Cano’s camp — led by rapper-turned super-agent Jay Z and CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen — collapsed after Jay Z overplayed his hand during Thursday night’s negotiating session.
Cano and his entourage arrived in Seattle with what sources described as basically an eight-year, $200 million deal in hand along with assurances that Seattle would go to nine years and $225 million, a figure confirmed late Thursday night by the Daily News.
But when Jay Z then upped the ante and demanded 10 years and $252 million — the same deal Alex Rodriguez took more than a decade ago when he left the Mariners for the Rangers — Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln apparently “exploded,” according to one of the sources, ending the meeting.
“It doesn’t look like we’re getting him,” a Mariners source said, adding that Seattle did not seem inclined to reignite talks with a player that clearly didn’t want to go there.
Cano, the top free agent available this year, now finds himself back where he started: without a second team bidding for his services and the Yankees waiting in the wings as his lone suitor.
Throughout recent weeks of this process, Cano has reportedly been traveling with Jay Z during parts of his tour.
“It makes you wonder whether this guy wants to be a rap star or a baseball player,” a baseball official said.
The Mariners’ original $225 million offer had dwarfed the Yankees’ current seven-year offer of $165-$170 million, leaving Seattle more than $50 million ahead of the Bombers, who are believed to be willing to go as high as $175 million.
That would have matched the average annual value of Seattle’s nine-year offer, though it would have been two years and $50 million behind the Mariners overall.
As of late Thursday, the Yankees had not heard anything from Cano’s camp since earlier in the week, though a team source said it was likely because of the sizeable gap that remained between the two sides.
The Yankees have maintained for weeks that they won’t give Cano 10 years or $300 million as his agents requested during the season, but even as his demands have dropped — he recently asked for a nine-year, $260 deal with a $28 million vesting option for a 10th year — the Yankees have steadfastly held to their seven-year proposal.
An industry official told the Daily News earlier this week that a $200 million offer from the Yankees was “never going to happen,” adding, “If that’s the offer and he wants to go there, he’s going to be a Mariner.”
Cano’s father, Jose, hasn’t been impressed by the Yankees’ pursuit of his talented son this offseason.
“The Yankees don’t seem to want him,” Jose Cano told the Daily News on Thursday.
That isn’t what Hal Steinbrenner was saying earlier in the day, though the Yankees owner acknowledged that the team’s current offer and Cano’s asking price remained far apart.
“Look, we’re still talking,” Steinbrenner said. “Nobody has given up. We’re still talking, but obviously we’re a decent distance apart. We’re just going to have to see, day by day. That’s all we can do.”
General Manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees have been trying to sign Cano, though he added that his club has “a lot of needs” he’s had to focus on at the same time.
“We would love to have him,” Cashman said. “Just like we took Brian McCann right now from the Braves and every other suitor because we were willing to pay a certain amount, that certainly could happen to us in the Robbie Cano sweepstakes. That’s the way the process works.
“Some people wind up signing elsewhere for more money than the home club was willing to give, and other players can take discounts to stay if they have better offers. Sometimes you find common ground and get a deal done. I can’t tell you how this is going to shake out just yet. He’s a great player, he’s been a great Yankee, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about him.”
Cashman confirmed that he’s met in recent weeks with both Van Wagenen and Jay Z, whose Roc Nation Sports inked Cano as its first client back in April.
This sounds all bad, but we know the white folks who run MLB are gunning for Hov anyway, of course they’re gonna leak negative info to the press.
We’re gonna reserve judgment one.